As the article says, the claim is being made on the basis of a minister hearing about it "anecdotally".
In other words, there's no actual evidence of pregnant teens doing this, let alone that it's an increasing trend.
And the Daily Mail has a habit of latching onto anything they can use to stigmatize pregnant teens (or asylum-seekers, or any of the other groups they don't approve of).
So honestly, I wouldn't put too much credence in it unless someone comes up with some evidence that this is actually occurring.
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Good point, I read the article, but I was blinded by the juicier technicalities, and missed the bit about "anecdotally". I must say I've not heard of it before.
If there was figures to back it up, then surely the paper would use those figures? I Dno, I haven't seen information on it anywhere else.
If this actually came from an isolated incident or a made up worry, it's quite a good example of how information can get around wrongly, ie to me! A friend was telling me this today, and I was pretty shocked! When, as it appears, likelily there's not much much behind it.
A general rule of thumb is not to believe anything you read in a UK tabloid newspaper, except for maybe the sports scores. If I read a newspaper, I read the Times usually.
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The times is deffinataly the paper of choice, the daily mail just wants to sell papers not deliver factual news. Its not of a gossipy paper (for lack of a better, or real word)
I personally have never hear of anyone smoking to make child birth easier. During child birth the hospital can administer drugs to make child birth less painful, but i would seriously advise anyone <b>not</b> to smoke at all during pregnancy for the childs sake if not your own.
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